On this episode of Gritty Bowmen. I and my hunting partner Anthony Spencer sit down with Russ Meyer and Corey Jacobsen at the Northwest Hunting and Conservation EXPO in Salt Lake City Utah. Anthony and I talk about the first time we met Russ, which was in the peaks of some Arizona mountains chasing elk in mid-september a few years back. Russ has got to be one of the most successful, under-the-radar hunters I’ve ever met. Kind of like Aron Snyder, Russ Meyer is a bit introverted. And like Aron, I think Russ is sometimes misunderstood by those on the outside looking in. But I find people like Russ fascinating. They don’t open-up that easily but once they do, they usually talk your ear off (ahem… Aron Snyder). In this podcast, Russ doesn’t disappoint. We get to know him a little better. He shares his knowledge on how to slay big game year after year, which he has done for decades. And Russ tells us what he does to raise his children with hunting. And we get to hear a little about how he and his wife work-out his days in the field, away from home for months at a time. And Corey Jacobsen shares his insight too—but mostly, I’d say he was just the eye candy.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder and I visit with friend Matt Davis of Hoyt archery. Matt is very handy with a traditional bow. And Aron and Matt talk about A-Aron’s initial foray into the traditional bowhunting world. Matt knows bows. He’s a wealth of knowledge and a solid dude.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with Randy and Candy Yow of Extreme Desire TV. Randy and Candy hunt big game out west. Their show focuses on REAL backcountry adventures--do it yourself hunts, which take place mostly on public lands. Go to extremedesireTV.com and check them out. They’re wonderful representatives of the hunting industry. They believe in honesty, integrity, and fair chase. And it shows.
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On this episode of The Gritty Bowmen we talk with Aron Snyder of Kifaru International. Aron shares his latest Traditional Bow progress, his experience with various types of tarps, as well as some behind the scenes info from the Western Hunt Expo.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we meet with Andrew Jakovac of Mystery Ranch and Kendall Card of CamoFire. Together they created Black Ovis. CamoFire is known for it’s lightning fast hunting deals. Aron Snyder said it best, “CamoFire: Getting poor people into the wilderness since 2007.” BlackOvis.com is a sister site of CamoFire where you’ll only find the very best, top of the line hunting gear from the top brands.
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On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with our ginger friends, Land Tawney and Ty Stubblefield of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. This was my first chance to meet Land and it was a pleasure. Land Tawney is the Executive Director Backcountry Hunters and Anglers or BHA. And through BHA, Land fights to keep public lands public. And in case you’re wondering… Land is his real name--not his “show” name.
Ty Stubblefield is BHA Chapter Coordinator. Ty knows that hunters and fisherman are true conservationists and stewards of our lands. When Ty isn’t fighting for conservation causes he can be found in the wild places he loves with bow or fly-pole in hand. BHA understands that our public lands are not free and must be fought for.
I’m proud to call these ginger dudes friends.
If you’re not already, become a member of BHA today. And as a member, try to attend the annual BHA rendezvous this year, 2016, in Missoula, Montana on April first through the third. You can learn more about their annual shindig at rendezvous2016.com -- I hope to see you there.
EPISODE 80: On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder and I hang out with Cameron Hanes and Joe Rogan. Joe Rogan is a podcaster, UFC commentator, stand-up comedian and HUNTER. Joe’s podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, is a powerhouse. Joe has been an avid hunter Since his first hunting trip with Steven Rinella on the MeatEater show, titled First Timers, Montona Mule Deer, which aired in April 2013. On his podcast, Rogan has interviewed such people as Jim Shockey, Steven Rinellla, Tim Burnett, Remi Warren, and more. Joe has a massive non-hunting audience that loves his show. And he’s been able to use his platform to educate the non-hunting community about how hunting is conservation… about how hunting saves wildlife and wild places. He’s a gifted interviewer, entertainer, and with the help of his good friend Cameron Hanes, I’ve no doubt he’s become a skilled hunter as well… as long as he doesn’t talk to much… so i’ve heard from Cameron.
I don’t think Cameron needs an introduction to the Gritty Community… but here goes anyway for you new hunters or for those of you who live under a rock. Cameron Hanes is a bowhunting fool. And he trains year-round, always pushing his body to failure and beyond. He grew up “getting it done” on public land with elk and deer and bear… today, he continues to inspire both hunters and would-be hunters everyday.
In the middle of this podcast somehwere, we lost a camera angle for a couple minutes--like 10 minutes. Cameron is cut-off the screen… sorry Cam.
This is a fun podcast--you’ve got Joe Rogan, Cameron Hanes, and Aron Snyder, all on the show. It was good time.
EPISODE 79: On this episode of Gritty Bowmen, Aron Snyder and I hang out with Cameron Hanes at the ATA show in Kentucky. Prior to this event, I had never met Cameron Hanes. I’ve read his books. I’ve watched his blacktail films and some of his hunts with Eastmans. I’ve seen him and South Cox chase high country mule deer. I’ve seen him hunt giant brown bear with dear friend, Roy Roth. I’ve watched Cameron stalk cape buffalo in Australia and on and on. And of course, I’ve seen Cameron’s social media game, which is pretty strong. But I’ve never met the guy. You hear and see things… And I can’t help but admire his drive and passion for fitness… and his love of the outdoors and of the bowhunting life… but I had never actually sat down and talked to him. And much like my first meeting with Aron Snyder… I found Cameron to be a super cool dude. Easy to talk to. Genuine. And funny. Much like my own hunting buddies.
I was able to hit the local Crossfit gym in Kentucky with Cameron thanks to our mutual friend, Dan Staton, owner of Elk Shape. Dan lead a room full of hunters from the ATA show in a great team workout. Cameron was in his element. He loves fitness. And It was obvious. After the workout, Cameron took a group of us out to breakfast and there we laughed and swapped hunting stories and I couldn’t help... but think how it felt just like elk camp with my own buddies. At the end, he paid the bill. And I walked away from the experience thinking, I just like hunters. They’re cool people. And there is an instant brotherhood among us as long as we are able to keep our massive egos in check and be positive.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with hunting film producer, Jason Matzinger. I first discovered Jason’s films through the Full Draw Film Tour. And I’ve followed his work ever since. Jason’s films make you think. They tell a story and they’re sincere and heartfelt. Jason is deeply involved in conservation efforts, teaming up with organizations such as the Mule Deer Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Jason is a talented filmmaker and skilled hunter. I look forward to what he does next.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with Easton Corbin and Brandon Bates. These two guys were on a roll and had me laughing for a solid 25 minutes before I looked down and realized the record button had not been pushed on my recording device. we hadn’t captured any of the audio. I hope to get these two characters on a future show because they’re down-right fun. This episode is very short--just a few minutes with some cool dudes that’ll make you smile.
Some of you may recognize Brandon Bates as the host of the award winning show, RMEF Team Elk. Others may recognize him as the voice of the Professional Bull Riders or PBR, which he’s done for more than a decade.
And for those who don’t know, Easton Corbin is an American country music singer. AND a hunter. AND a cool dude. I hope to cross paths with these two fellas again someday.
On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen Aron and Brian discuss western hunting tips. Get their advice on what to do and what not to do when planning a trip out west.
On this episode of The Gritty Bowmen we meet with Jason Phelps and Charlie Smith. Jason is owner of Phelps Game Calls and his hunting partner Charlie owns Charlie’s Taxidermy. They are also part of Angry Mountain Productions.
Gruff Mountain Man Gritty Bowmen Film https://youtu.be/b5EhmGgQff8
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we visit with David and Karin Holder of Raised Hunting. Raised Hunting is about an average american family that has used hunting as a platform to teach ethics and values to their family. I’ve been a big fan of David Holder ever since I first saw him on an early Primos hunting video. David and his family have accomplished a lot since then. Their hunting show captures the raw emotion that comes from an animal at close range, all while focusing on bringing you ultimate adventures with the highest regard to cinematography.
But the best thing about Raised Hunting, in my opinion, are the meaningful values and ideals that they share on their show. If you already know the holders, I hope this episode of the Gritty Bowmen makes you like them even more. And for those of you who have never met the Holders, I hope you take the time to look them up, watch their show and consider how you might use hunting to strengthen the relationships within your family and your community.
Ok folks. This episode of the Gritty Bowmen is probably NOT for everyone. If you’re looking for a reverent podcast about hunting and the outdoors--skip this episode. But if you want to hang out with a group of hunting buddies who know waaaaay too much about eachother, talk a little crap, and don’t pull any punches--this episode might be worth your time. The key word is “might.” We recorded this podcast in the hotel room, after midnight on the last night of the ATA show. It was supposed to be a re-cap of the ATA show and a podcast with Sean Degray about the Total Archery Challenge. However, the podcast quickly circled the drain and just became a series of squirrel chases and fresh Snyderisms. I seriously considered nevering publishing this podcast--EVER. But heck, why not. What you see is what you get. And that’s gritty.
There is a little bonus footage at the very end of this podcast… we were going to throw it away but then I figured… the bonus footage is about as useless as the rest of this podcast so why not just leave it in there.
You have been warned.
Total Archery Challenge
On this episode of the Gritty Bowmen Aron and Brian take a sick day. They both have been sick after weeks of shows and Aron celebrated his birthday by getting bronchitis and a sinus infection. He’s an over-achiever. ;) This episode does not have any video to accompany it due to technical difficulties and they both look like Rudolph.
Aron and Brian talk about their recent podcast with Tim Gillingham, Rihana and Ty Cary and more. They also talk more about Aron’s venture into traditional bowhunting.
On this episode of Gritty Bowmen we hang out with Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen of Brotherhood Outdoors-- A TV show of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. In the show, Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen are joined by hardworking union members on once-in-a-life
time hunting or fishing trips.
From the moment Daniel and Jules put their headsets on I was laughing. They were really easy to talk to and the chemistry between them was obvious--they’re like besties. And it’s contagious. These are fun people. They spend a lot of time road-trippin’ in their trailer. You can catch up with them on social media--it’s fun to see what they’re up to next. And Jules posts some great stuff on her Instagram @julesmcqueen. I hope you enjoy meeting these two as much as did.
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In this episode of Gritty Bowmen we talk about my friend and co-host, Aron Snyder’s, new obsession with Traditional Bows. Aron is a gear junkie and as a result he has tried a wide variety of traditional bows.
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